Dear Visitors,

The New York State Museum has a variety of educational, family-friendly exhibitions and programs to keep adults and kids of all ages engaged this winter.

During your next visit, see these new, temporary exhibitions:

The winter season brings some of our visitors most beloved programs, including top family favorites like: New York State’s Great Places and Spaces, Rock and Fossil Fun Fair, the annual Gem and Mineral Show, Women of Science, and Capital Region History Day. Visit our Programs page for more information about these fun events and activities. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate!

For the history buffs, our popular “History Café” programs returns in 2019 with “Astronauts of Inner-Space: The Millbrook Commune and the ‘60s” on January 10th and “70 Years of Racing History at Watkins Glen” on February 27th. These free programs are held at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany where patrons are invited to grab a drink and join the conversation with Museum historians.

If you’re looking for something to listen to during your commute or your next road trip, download an episode from our new podcast series, “A New York Minute in History”. Hosted by Devin Lander, New York State Historian, and Don Wildman of Mysteries at the Museum on Travel Channel, this podcast series provides a rich audio experience that explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers. The latest episode explores the Empire State’s most ambitious engineering feat – the Erie Canal.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our Research and Collections webpage to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. Come chat with our scientists and historians during our lunchtime talk series – Brain Food for the Curious – held on select Tuesdays throughout the winter and don’t forget to bring your lunch!

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming

Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director